U.S.-Lithuania Game Blog!

LONDON – The real drama in this tournament happened some 90 minutes before tip-off of the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team’s game against Lithuania at the Olympic Basketball Arena.

Russia’s 77-74 comeback win over Spain in the morning session changes things for all of the medal contenders here and essentially removes Russia from the U.S. path until the gold medal game, were both teams to make it there.

Naturally, we’re moving ahead in the story here, perhaps too far ahead in the story for anyone’s liking.

“We’re a long way from that,” said Russia coach David Blatt, an American. “We’ve got a game against Australia coming up. And then we’ve got a quarterfinal game that will be a tough match no matter who we play. So we know there is a ways to go.”

But it’s on the minds of many now that Russia is in control of Group B and the U.S. owns Group A, setting up a potential rematch of the controversial gold medal game from 40 years ago.

After taking down the reigning European champions, after trailing 20-2 in the first quarter, Russia is not intimidated by any other team in this competition.

“I think the American team is the best team in the world right now,” Andrei Kirilenko said. “But in a one-game situation, anything can happen. Every game is different. You might score 156 points in one game but the next game is different … and I’d love to play the U.S. for a gold medal, but we’re a long way from that. But you have to play the best to beat the best.”

The “best” have business of their own to tend to right now in the form of Lithuania. That said, the U.S. players were in the stands for the Russia-Spain game. They had head phones on but you know they were paying close attention to the action and taking mental notes.

Just in case …

– Dive in with us here for a (nearly) play-by-play game blog from the U.S. vs. Lithuania showdown –

– FOURTH QUARTER –

99-94 U.S. win, courtesy of the finisher … LeBron James!

32.1: Kleiza with another layup. 99-92.

1:10: LeBron with another drive and finish. Any doubts about whose team this is are being answered right now folks. 99-90.

1:58: Kleiza with the layup. Lithuania is not going anywhere. 97-90.

2:08: LeBron works his way into the lane and finishes on the left side, 97-88.

2:46: LeBron misses a corner 3, CP3 throws the mid-air pass to D. Will for another 3 that falls this time. 95-88. They’re stubborn and apparently right to be so. 95-88.

3:14: Songaila silences the “USA” chants with a layup. 92-88.

3:41: LeBron finishes on the break with a dunk after another steal. 92-86.

3;58: Lebron with the stop and pop 3-pointer. 90-86. They’re going to keep shooting from behind that line, no matter what anyone says. Maddening, I know.

4:29: D. Will finishes on the break on a drop off from Cp3, 87-84 U.S. Nerves cranking up in here. Half the crowd chanting or the U.S. and the other for Lithuania. Good atmosphere in here.

5:36: CP3 for the 85-84 U.S. lead with a 3-pointer.

5:46: Mantas Kalnietis for the lead on a layup. 84-82.

6:06: Durant’s dunk on the pretty feed CP3 ties it. 82-82.

6:58: Kleiza with a monster 3 for the 82-80 lead. Upset brewing?

7:11: Crowd finally starts chanting for Lithuania. Took them a while to buy into what we’ve been seeing most of the night. This is anyone’s game right now.

7:26: Another missed 3, this one from Kobe. A brutal 7-for-28 after they made 29 against Nigeria. Can’t wait to see the shift in tone after this one, win or lose (yes, I said win or lose).

7:50: Pocius makes it a one-point game with another layup. 80-79.

8:16: Kleiza with the easy layup. 80-77.

8:59: Pocius finishes a traditional 3-point play. He’s getting it done out here. 80-75.

9:11: Melo is back in his NBA wheelhouse, working on the wing and draining the 17-footer.

– THIRD QUARTER –

1.9: D. Will follows suit and finishes the quarter with a driving layup and a 78-72 U.S. lead. Still no real sense of worry from the U.S. (or this crowd, for that matter). Ten minutes is a long time.

36.9: Melo finally goes inside and scores on a layup. 76-72.

47.1: Pocius with a fast break layup and 74-72 game.

1:13: Falling in love with the 3-point shot will get you in trouble in games like this. The U.S. is 7-for-26 and doing the P. Diddy on them, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” taking them.

2:04: Westbrook, Mr. Hang Time himself, with the gliding layup, foul and free throw for a 72-69 lead.

2:33: More free throw woes for the U.S. a miss from Love on the first and then a lane violation.

2:41: Melo comes up limping after fouling Remaidas Seibutis, who ties the game at 69-69, with two free throws. Not sure what he did. Looks like he might have landed awkwardly on his left foot.

2:57: Melo breaks the tie with two free throws. But the U.S. has to buckle up here. Well played by Lithuania.

3:10: Paulius Jankunas with the blow-by on LeBron and finishes with the dunk to tie the game at 67-67.

3:55: The U.S is in a game here, up 67-65 and refusing to go inside on offense.

5:32: LeBron sinks the first of two free throws. 67-61. The U.S. is gambling a bit more in the passing lanes and cashing in, 16 turnovers for Lithuania now.

5:46: Kleiza picks up his third foul. Has to be careful here since they are leaving him on the floor.

6:38: Kobe misses the second of two free throws.The free throw shooting (11-for-20) is a bigger problem right now than the 3-point shooting (7-for-23). Lead is a slim 64-61.

6:56: No issues on that 3-pointer in Kobe’s face from Jasikevicius. 63-61 U.S.

7:11: The U.S. with another steal  as Lithuania tries to get the ball up the floor. They are having some communication issues between Valanciunas and Jasikevicius, new school and old school.

8:15: LeBron with a layup on the break, switching hands in mid-air just to show off a bit. 62-56.

8:33: Durant nails a 3 off of the steal of the steal of the inbounds pass. 60-56.

8:41: LeBron gets the lead right back on a driving layup. 57-56.

9:19: Lithuania takes a 56-55 lead on a 3 from Sarunas Jasikevicius and it barely registers with the crowd. They acted like it was no big deal. Interesting.

9:51: Valanciunas finishes with a layup on an easy pick and roll as Lithuania cuts into the lead right away and the

– HALFTIME –

Too many defensive breakdowns and nearly as many 3-point attempts (19) as 2-point attempts (23) would explain the shooting struggles. Percentage inside the arc compared to outside is nearly doubled. Pretty sure Coach K and his staff will mention that in their chat during the break.

The foul trouble and spotty free throw shooting (9-for-16) didn’t help either. It’s going to be interesting to see how locked in the U.S. is when they hit the floor for third quarter.

Lithuania is shooting a robust 56 percent from the floor and a very calculated 57 percent from deep. They’re not winding up and taking wild 3 to try and stay with the U.S. They’re playing a very controlled game, save for the nine turnovers. They are battling on the boards and unfazed by the speed and athleticism the U.S. brings to the table.

– SECOND QUARTER –

0.0: D. will bricks a step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, punctuating the U.S. struggles in the first half. They lead 55-51 and have shot just 6-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line.

:54: LeBron’s turnover leads to a 3-on-1 break for Lithuania and a 55-50 lead. They’re scoring at will. So it Lithuania. Nice action from both sides. Probably much nicer than the U.S. would prefer at this stage of the game.

1:18: Westbrook with a one-on-five finish for a 55-48 lead.

2:03: Pocius blows past D. Will for the layup. Makes it look easy. 53-46.

2:25: Russell Westbrook blows through two defenders and finishes with the left layup. He was a little erratic earlier but has settled down nicely.

3:04: Melo has 14 points, by the way.

3:19: Kobe with the poke under the basket to break up a wide open layup, CP3 with the outlet to a streaking Melo for the easy finish and a 51-42 lead. The U.S. is playing well. Very well. Lithuania is hanging. There will be no records set tonight, at least no scoring records.

3:48: Martynas Pocius drains a 3 to get within striking distance at 47-42.

5:04: LeBron grabs a Love jumper that was a foot short and lays it in for the 45-37 lead.

5:51: Songaila’s jumper trims the U.S. lead to 43-37.  This is a team that doesn’t mind getting in an up and down affair, in stretches, with the U.S.

7:29: Two quick fouls for Durant and he’s on the bench. He leaves his feet a lot on defense and pays for it with the whistles, even when there isn’t significant contact.

8:19: James Harden with the steal, layup, foul and free throw. 39-27. His defensive work has been solid, better than expected even.

8:34: Durant with a win 3 and a 35-27 lead. If you let him spot up out there and contest late, it’s problems.

8:50: Seen it all now. Songaila just got called for a personal foul for yelling at an official after the play was over.

9:11: D. Will with a turnover out of bounds. He heads to the bench a few second later after picking up a foul. His play has been choppy throughout the summer, since Las Vegas, really.

– FIRST QUARTER –

1.2: Melo finishes the quarter the same way he spent the entire Nigeria game, draining a 3-pointer in Songaila’s face for a 33-25 lead at the end of the quarter.

19.5: Iguodala picks up his third foul, which could be an issue for the U.S. later if this game stays tight. He’s one of their best on-ball defenders. 30-25.

30.2: Deron Williams with a 3-pointer for a 30-24 lead.

48.8: Andre Iguodala gets called for an awful foul while applying some outlandish ball pressure.

1:02: Don’t know how he did it, but Love just fought off four Lithuania defenders for a loose ball while laying on his stomach under the basket. Mad hustle work. Sinks the second of two free throws for a 27-22 lead.

2:09: Kevin Love gets on the board with a pretty turnaround baseline jumper off the glass. 26-20.

2:56: LeBron takes a corner step-back 3 that bounces around the rim and no one from the U.S. is within 12 feet of the basket to even attempt to tip it in. They lead 24-20 and are not sharp on their sharp on their defensive rotations.

3:58: Melo’s jumper stretches the lead again.

4;12: Darius Songaila’s baseline jumper makes it 20-18.

4:32: Kleiza with a spot-up 3. He’s doing work on whoever the U.S. assigns to guard him, just like Mike Krzyzewski said he would.

4:53: Kleiza is keeping Lithuania in the game right now with his work in the paint and around the lane. Knocks down his second straight jumper. 18-13.

5;13: Durant with a win 3 to match Melo’s. 18-13.

5;42: Carmelo Anthony enters the game and promptly strokes a deep corner 3. 15-9.

5:52: U.S. leads 12-9. Gave up a corner 3 when their defensive rotations stopped inexplicably on one play.

7:31: Tyson Chandler with a great block on Kleiza. Said it before and I’ll say it again, he is the ideal rim protecting big man for international basketball.

7:45: Kevin Durant knocks down a 3-pointer after some fantastic ball movement. 12-4.

8:16: Kobe drains three free throws for a 9-4 lead after being fouled for the second time on a break. CP3 drained a free throw line jumper for a 6-4 lead. The U.S. point guards have

8:43: Valanciunas scores on the layup and is fouled by Bruant, but misses the free throw. 4-4.

8:53: LeBron James knocks down the jumper off the glass. 4-2.

9;24: Chris Paul answers right back with a driving layup past Jonas Valancinuas. 2-2.

9:34: Lithuania strikes first on a run out from Linas Kleiza, he beat Kobe Bryant down the floor. 2-0.

– PREGAME –

Both teams are on the floor warming up with 25 minutes on the clock until we start.

105 Comments

  1. NBA FAN says:

    one bad night and its over, it would take more than that to lose a bad night for each of these superstars on the same day would not happen. 2-3 guys could struggle one night than maybe a different combo but all on the same night. They rolled over Argentina after playing serious in the second half. they need a reason to be waken up at times.

  2. NBA FAN says:

    The game does nt tell that much accept that the U.s let off the gas pedal because they have been bored beating their last two opponents by 50 plus. The competition today is much higher than back then. Argentina has 5 NBA players starting that are veterans and have importance to the league. Ginobli and Scola have carried their franchises and Ginobli has a championship rings. Spain has like 7 NBA players on their team with some NBa Champions all star appearances, and Starters. They did nt take Lithuania seriously because they are not SPain Argentina France Brazil or Russia. Tunisa and Nigeria could be beat with half their effort and they put lithuania in the same boat who is more in the middle of the pack. As of The dream team most of those guys were not in their prime at the time. Magic and bird are washed up. Christian Laettner and Mullin would’ nt even make today’s team. Drexler is a border line guy and stockton is a lone point vs 4 to on the 2012 team. The 2012 team is much faster and atletic while the dream team is bigger. Most teams today prefer the faster athletic guy over the big slow talented player, The mathup would look like Lakers when they play OKC with GAsol and Bynum 2012 takes this matchup

  3. caloyski says:

    I smell an Upset vs. USA in one of their next 4 games– just one bad night and its all over

  4. the first time i read an article from bottom to top.. it was worth reading though. Thanks sekou. I root for US cuz i am stayin here right now and we dont have reps for basketball so second choice is US and spoelstra is a Filipino (not related huh?!? i mean he is NBA CHAMP) what do u mean not related?. but props to lithuania and russia. i think argentina will be a tough match for us. what will happen to Spain, will they able to make it? i like to watch us spain too

    I hope in the future we again filipinos cud get a seat at olympic basketball event. tha last time i think was century ago.

    if we were just tall people we cud get a slot.. if not for the korean team who beat us in asian games by narrow 1 pt. we cud have a chance.. but what the hell our center is only a point guard in NBA.. 6’8″ . .chances are, we just stay at asian regions cup or tournament,. but still hhope we coud reign supreme and beat CHINA. we gave them a game last time.

  5. Bosz says:

    i think Dean is very insecure to Lebron because LBJ takes this game in crucial situation and kobe is nothing :P
    what a performance by LBJ in last 4 mins. and kobe does do nothing.LBJ is the King of basketball today and kobe is near for retirement.

  6. bar1kenoby says:

    Risking to loose with a low talent Lithuania as this one, is almost like loosing. I’ll be waiting for better tests but honestly if they played against the Lithuania of Sabonis and Co, or against Spain of few years ago…this guys with their attitudes of one man show, would loose or have a lot of problems. Just go back to the basic and enjoy the chance to represent the best league in the world and one of the most beautiful country in the World.

  7. Logiability says:

    a win is a win…even if you say that lithuania was almost there to defeat USA but the point is “Who won the game?”…they won it officially, right? so, there’s no point in flaming nonsense things about the USA team..im not an american but reality speaking, lithuania cant defeat USA team..

  8. bar1kenoby says:

    This USA team should feel a little bit of pride for the shirt they dress with the USA name on it. They react only because they are under judgment and they keep on comparing themselves with the real Dream Team (one and only!).
    There is no team…only 1vs1 or isolation…no games called and no defense whatsoever.
    Nigeria or Tunisia are not a real test as somebody was writing on nba.com…France was at the debut and when they saw things getting bad, they saved their legs for the rest of the tournament.
    This USA Team need to step up if they want to represent their country as they should. It is a shame to have LBJ vs Lithuania for the last 5 minutes just because they just can’t play together.
    The only thing that Lithuania had was the desire to play and prove that together they could try to defeat this multimillionaire circus that is the USA Team.

  9. lebroner james kong says:

    raps lookin’ good

  10. Hi, Sekeu Smith, How are you feeling as ESPN NBA commentator for all 30 teams listed on http://www.nba.com online? I think that the Miami Heat are 2006 and 2012 NBA champions led by superstar, Lebron James finals MVP. Congratulations to the Miami Heat for becoming a successful and great team on Thursday, June 21, 2012 when they won 121-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in that finals series. Lebron King James. Let’s go Heat. I am from the Miami-Dade coty in the state of Florida. I think that the Miami Heat may win again in 2013 if they keep the same team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh being 100% in good health. May god bless us always, take care. Let’s go USA and the Miami Heat. bye.

  11. MOSS says:

    LBJ didn’t win early because he doesn’t have a good back-up…

    Kobe won it early because of a SHAQ… Kobe can never win a title without a good center… Give LBJ someone like the calibre of Shaq’s prime and you can start counting the titles he will win from hereon…

    Remember… Kobe can’t win a title without a SHAQ, or a PAU.

    LBJ can – Just like his first title now!

  12. Paul says:

    Well no surprise from lithuania to be honest im way more surprised about those two losses particularly against argentina, everyone says they are big but it just not right, that game when US won by 6 was over in 4th quarter so saying that argentina was competing aint right, i think next game US gonna win easily besides now they must feel some sort of anger and pressure coming from fans which should motivate them to win even more

  13. USA WILL NOT WIN GOLD says:

    Lithuania EXPOSE YOUR WEAKNESSES.

    Soon TEam USA will plays Argentina (ARGENTINA WILL BEAT THEM).

    Maybe Brazil in the Quarterfinals? (Brazil will BEAT THEM)

    IF BY LUCK, USA wins, SPAIN beats them in SEMI-FINAL.

    GOLD MEDAL GAME IF USA LUCKY? RUSSIA BEATZ YOU GOOD TEAM USA!

  14. Lithuania says:

    im a ltu fan, but im like and USA expect LeBron James play. Hes unstoble attacker. No James no Win Lithuania lose, but show Usa that they are frustrated.

  15. Dean says:

    LeBron with another drive and finish. Any doubts about whose team this is are being answered right now folks. 99-90.

    Yeah! It’s still KOBE’s! You guys need to quit kissing Queen James butt! It took him this long to get a title…but he still ain’t heir yet! And he probably never will be! He’s a crybaby…and KOBE is still KING!

  16. Chris says:

    As a European (Austrian) I’m proud of Lithunia’s effort. Let’s show the US boys they aren’t the only ones that can play ball.

  17. B-Ball4Life says:

    Tru dat Roo, nobody will beat this Team NOBODY! They might not beat the real Dream Team but you really cannot compare these two Teams. Different times different heroes. The other Teams are really good but they have a lack of clutch Players, i mean look at Spain Pau Gasol couldn’t even get two freethrows to fall. In the US Team everyone could hit the final Shot.

  18. Lakers-R-Us says:

    C’mon! For all you bloggers stating the USA will lose now! Lithuania shot something like 60% from the field! And team USA still beat them! Lithuania played a near perfect game! I’m still going with the USA for the gold! They will learn; and make adjustment from this game! Go USA!

  19. Roo says:

    SAY what u want about the USA team.. everybody hates on the best so keep bashing the USA team and they’ll keep winning games no matter how close the games are. a win is a win and if they dont win gold then im pretty sure the world will end this year lol

    • NBA FAN says:

      The game does nt tell that much accept that the U.s let off the gas pedal because they have been bored beating their last two opponents by 50 plus. The competition today is much higher than back then. Argentina has 5 NBA players starting that are veterans and have importance to the league. Ginobli and Scola have carried their franchises and Ginobli has a championship rings. Spain has like 7 NBA players on their team with some NBa Champions all star appearances, and Starters. They did nt take Lithuania seriously because they are not SPain Argentina France Brazil or Russia. Tunisa and Nigeria could be beat with half their effort and they put lithuania in the same boat who is more in the middle of the pack. As of The dream team most of those guys were not in their prime at the time. Magic and bird are washed up. Christian Laettner and Mullin would’ nt even make today’s team. Drexler is a border line guy and stockton is a lone point vs 4 to on the 2012 team. The 2012 team is much faster and atletic while the dream team is bigger. Most teams today prefer the faster athletic guy over the big slow talented player, The mathup would look like Lakers when they play OKC with GAsol and Bynum 2012 takes this matchup

  20. linas says:

    such a shame lithuanians didn’t make it. all in all, a couple of better calls in the last 3-4 mins and a bit more effective defense and it would’ve been a sensational win.

  21. Lithuanian says:

    Remaidas Seibutis – Renaldas Seibutis :) no pressure Sekou :D well my team lost but that was hell of a game, russia is tough but i hope we will have them in bag and continue up the ranks.

  22. usa #1 fan says:

    wow! never thought the mens usa basketball team would be this good, i must be dreaming…….
    they should call them the Dream Team :)

  23. dbow says:

    Can’t find a box score!

  24. zulu says:

    Narrow minds have narrow opinions. Not once in the past week have I read nor heard one USA Team coach or player make a comment that misrepresented any teams ability in this Olympiad. All of these guys are just as focused as any athletes in London. They are not going to ‘cake’ walk every opponent. This U.S. Team is as determined as any I have ever seen. Their oposition had better bring their A+ games. Get that Gold and Sekou keep doing what you’re doing. Another superb job and now you have D.A. also. NBA-TV should have sent the entire crew.

  25. usa #1 fan says:

    i am USAin. you all dreaming…….this guys patryd all nite, dey were tired, dats all, U can c d way dey jst kept on shootn dose 3,s, no defense effort, d coach also was @ d party , dats y he didnt say a word.

  26. Jeff says:

    You have to relaxe, you have beaten a great team, Lithuania is 3rd in World, USA is 1st in World, do you really think that at nowadays basketball from 3rd place to 1st is so much different, that USA just HAD to beat them 20+? I dont think so.

    And about that comparing 1992 dream team, to 2012 dream team (Yes its still a dream team, because every coach would kill to have those guys on other side) its not right, because basketball EVOLVED in the world. Put this team back in 1992, and it would be 100+ points win every game. so PEACE

  27. usa #1 fan says:

    USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!

  28. Hmmmm says:

    I am lithuanian . Lithuania is great team and we just lost by 5 while another teams lost 10+ so it was best match on olympics this year.

  29. nanzc74 says:

    David Blatt for team USA 2016!

  30. Lithuanian to Kosas says:

    You are wrong. Lithuania in 92 had two amazing players, and 3-4 average players, other players of that team, couldnt make it to the training camp of this years our basketball team. i ont even talk about making to the team. Basketball changes, now all europe teams are deep, thats why we can make a tough fight in games with USA stars from time to time

  31. Anthony says:

    It was a great game. Lithuania had a chance.

    The best thing is that Lithuania just proved that USA is nothing more than a regular baskbetball team and can be beatable.

    One thing USA don’t want to admit is that European basketball is getting equally strong as USA. And I bet we will see a lot of great games usa vs europeans.

    I can’t wait to watch usa vs argentina, usa vs spain, but most of all usa vs russia (hopefully in the final).

  32. nanzc74 says:

    Outcoached! David Blatt has so many great plays on that game, i can’t find one from coach k…defensive adjustments terrible,,,,Kobe is a liability,,,Lebron saved USA!

  33. kosas says:

    I am lithuanian. Most of you say that international squads are much more powerful thats why you cant compare USA92 and this year USA team. However, that year Lithuania had the strongest team ever with Sabonis and Marciulionis and some other great players ( except for 2003 and 2004 when we heavy favorites along with USA to win gold in olympics) and we still got owned by 51. This USA team is nothing compared to real Dream Team.

    • Mr. 254 says:

      you’re also not factoring in the complete game for this new team of usa players. This team is so much about show, it leaves them vulnerable at times. Also 92 is 20 years ago 03 and 04 is still about 10 years prior to the games of this day and age. These group of bball players are much more athletic, shooting percentages are better, and defenses are better against them. Still cant compare the two. It’s statistically impossible to compare them! Sorry but Sabonis and Marciulionis will never amount to the amount of talent the americans posses. Past or present. They were in the transition of the teams evolving thats all!!!

    • I did what says:

      92 team is overhyped.

      If USA had Dwight, Rose, Dwade and all the injured players back, then it’d be something.

  34. tadinni says:

    They are not so bad (americans) – still winning even tough games, but must realise, thaht names on t-shirts can’t win games without those who inside. Lithuaninas must forget everything and fight, big play today maters northing for Tunisia game…

  35. vern says:

    USA womens team? Same thing! GOLD!!!!!

  36. Lietuva says:

    Well, NBA superstars, actually only 1 superstar – James. He won the game, The rest got outplayed by shorthanded Lithuanian team. No stars, best player is bench man from Toronto Raptors :D I just pitty Chris Paul that he is on this team, where everybody is for himself, selfish bunch of players who can never play like a team. I hope you get beat by Spanish or Russians later in the play-off’s

    • mvp says:

      ive got to agree with you with one thing: LBJ Saved the day again. if it wasnt for him, usa probably would lose to lithuania. LBJ is surely the leader on this team.

  37. Lithuanian says:

    Good game for Lithuania, the key of the game was the turnovers, as always that is the issue with all lithuanian teams. Rememember USA fans, we dont have point guards, our best pg is 35 years old veteran, basketball legend, golden boy, Jasikevicius, but he is in his sunset of his best basketball days. I think it will be a great basketball in the playoffs, USA vs Brazil, Russia vs Lithuania, Spain vs Argentina, Alot great game to come. guys stop arguing about the stupid things, lets celebrate the basketball, its 2012, and there are many great teams, Dont forgert Serbia, Slovenia Croatia Greece (teams which didnt even make it to the olympics) dont expect USA to blowout everyone.

  38. TK says:

    USA olimpic tems 1992 and 2012 are almost equally strong, why everybody have this stupid argument… you have to understand one key thing – all other teams, Lithuania, Spain, Russia, France, Argentina is much more stronger than 20 years ago.
    So… there will be no more SUPERTEAM in the future, and it will be harder and harder to win, but more interesting to watch.

  39. vern says:

    I told you guys that there might be a few nailbiters for USA fans but the USA will always come out ahead.

  40. Karolina says:

    Congratulations from Lithuania! You can`t even imagine, what this game means for us, Lithuanians. A country (with only 3 mln. people) could compete with such a great team. All we want is a respect from the world. So sad about referees, that are so inlove with superstars and try to help them more. However, that was an amazing game for us. Good luck, great country!

  41. usa #1 fan says:

    now they can go back 2 party again….hopefully they wont stay awake all night next time.
    but hey, its the 2012 olympics in London, what else can 1 do but PPPPPPPPPPPAAAAAARRRRRTYYYY!!!

  42. Karolina says:

    Congratulations from Lithuania! You can`t even imagine, what this game means for us, Lithuanians. A country (with only 3 mln. people) could compete with such a great team. All we want is a respect from the world. So sad about referees, that are so inlove with superstars and try to help them more. However, that was an amazing game for us. Good luck, great country! :)

  43. usa #1 fan says:

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ssssssssssssswwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttttttttttt

  44. whc19 says:

    nigeria is the eqivalent of every team the 92 team faced so you’d expect the score to be that lopsided and lithuania are no pushovers they have had a good basketball team for years. if anything this was a good test for them and it just makes me that more sure that they will win gold.

  45. Mr. 254 says:

    Nobody never said they were a dream team. And you cant compare 92 team to the 2012 team. Basketball is an american sport! Always has been an always will be. The teams in 92 weren’t a basketball society! They developed the basketball mentality as time progressed. Everyone evolved since then! So for you not to even give this team a chance is just obsurd. This team jumps out the gym no-a-days. Even MJ didnt jump out the gym! Evolution is why 2012 has more competion! The world has gotten better.You take this team and put them against the 92 teams of the world. Take the 92 team and put them against the teams of today. Sorry but there are lots of NBA players in the olympics today than in 92. What you need to do is look at the commercial about evolving from shooting on the peach basket. Now that is realist and a bball fan. “GOTTA EVOLVE! GOTTA EVOLVE!”

  46. ksandros says:

    The people that are posting comments about usa not winning the gold i just laugh usa is going to win the gold and they will be undefeated you will see all the people that are talking lithuania this lithuania that they are just haters with this team usa has everything on lock so stop hating and be realistic

  47. Dominc says:

    US warm up games are over. Next game will be Argentina. Be strong and smart US. And Come back home with the Gold.

  48. Twon says:

    Lithuania is a good team and Team USA is a lot better than that. I’m also upset that people overlook the fact that these teams from other countries are just as good as the US. its not 92′ anymore. if the dreamteam played against manu,parker, and gasol would they still be winning games by 40 on a nightly basis? it is better competition .im just saying

  49. Rod Sawyer says:

    I bet you guys were waiting on this too bad for the haters they still won the game last time i checked all that matters is the scoreboard

  50. Thomas says:

    Sekou Sekou Sekou, once again I am dissapointed. You are talking about russia and spain, but the game was US vs Lithuania. Well done not giving credit to the team that just gave you the biggest challenge so far.

  51. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa LBJ AKA Beast of the basketball world.
    Gaaaaah!

  52. Law064 says:

    Well that was a close game but the US overcame and pulled out the W. @ USA WILL NOT WIN GOLD. Spain just lost and you can not judge this game to compare vs different teams. This was not a good performance from US and they still won. Let’s see if they had a great game and see how close the game will be.

  53. Roberto says:

    I think they need more practice to face the next game

  54. I'm waiting for all the folks says:

    that called this team out as better than the ’92 Dream Team … all i’m hearing is the sound of crickets. Pfffffft.

  55. jzarecta says:

    I wonder if this game was manufactured to be close after last game’s demolition work. It seems US was doing risk management staying by 5. I didnt watch the game but this play by play game blog seemed that they allow Lithuania to keep scoring.

    This time there would be no complains from the fans, I guess.

  56. Raimonda says:

    It`s so sad that referees ruined all the game by their unfair judging. No one can argue that NBA superstars had much more space on the court. Lithuanians couldn`t even touched them.

  57. plast says:

    That was 5 point difference between 314,041,000 people and less than 3 million.

  58. Brian says:

    Great effort on behalf of both teams, but unfortunately there can only be one winner. Go Team USA!

  59. ” The secret is behind the bounches..”

  60. Daniele Need Mariani says:

    Well, this 5 points delta win only, proves yet another time that there will be one Dream Team –> 1992. Larry, Magic & Jordan 1000 times ahead this arrogant generation of USA players! Lituania 3.3 milions of citizens .. You know what I mean? …

    Need from Italy!

  61. bystander says:

    They “used up” all their shooting versus Nigeria.

  62. Robert says:

    You have to admit that U.S men basketball team has too many (only in my opinion) selfish stars and there are no such spirit as in Lithuania’s team. Lithuanians showed their team spirit and I could saw only mean American faces in that very interesting match.

  63. The clown says:

    Us let us with bad taste in the mouth. Bad for them. I´m not sure what are they talking about now.

  64. ltu fan says:

    don’t forget our population is only 3mln. and still we produce a fantastic basketball players who can compete with a worlds elite :)) go team lithuania

  65. Paulo says:

    2012 Dream Team? Dream on… Lithuania just showed the difference between a team and a group of fantastic players that rely on individual efforts to win games. With some more ball control that would prevent the huge of TO on the Lithuanian side, and US could (should?) have experienced an humbling loss after all the bragging over the game with Nigeria. The real Dream Team never needed to give that kind of hummilliation, but they never had a close game, trailing on the 4th…

  66. Lexxus says:

    Increadible game, Lithuania had a chance…

  67. Gaston Lopez says:

    WOW! Next game against Argentina will be tough. In my opinion they played more faster than the brain is used to play. In consequence the ball escape from their hands. Men I will have to go to play for US team! Playstation.
    Regards for the good basketball around the world! ( Australia )

  68. casper says:

    hmm, Hey ..where are You USA fans ? Just yesterday I heard that beting Nigeria is something, is the record…well there are lot of better teams then Nigeria, and You had the taste today with Lithuania.. . “Dream Team”? what dream team? Dream Teams does not allow other teams to be chased od to lead in 3rd Q. So please be patient, dont call them dream team until they will become the Dream Team. Just wait for Spain or GB .

    So Kobe, please think again..and look just for stats from 1992 ..is there any stat that say Dream Team lost any Q ? I think not, maybe there was some problem with Croatia in first few minutes ..and there where only few minutes of the whole 1992 tournament when other bball team led.

    You almost died with Lithuania ..and I really think You will not win gold medal .. (I aint hater, I am just realist and bball fan)

    • Mr. 254 says:

      You say you’re a realist and a bball fan? Sorry but you cant be! First of all your stats are wrong. Nobody never said they were a dream team. And you cant compare 92 team to the 2012 team. Basketball is an american sport! Always has been an always will be. The teams in 92 weren’t a basketball society! They developed the basketball mentality as time progressed. Everyone evolved since then! So for you not to even give this team a chance is just obsurd. This team jumps out the gym no-a-days. Even MJ didnt jump out the gym! Evolution is why 2012 has more competion! The world has gotten better.You take this team and put them against the 92 teams of the world. Take the 92 team and put them against the teams of today. Sorry but there are lots of NBA players in the olympics today than in 92. What you need to do is look at the commercial about evolving from shooting on the peach basket. Now that is realist and a bball fan. “GOTTA EVOLVE! GOTTA EVOLVE!”

    • Amitpal says:

      Team USA still has the biggest chance of winning the gold by far. If u think they won’t win then ur just jeoulse of how good they’ve been and r. They still haven’t lost to any team and there hasn’t been a reason that says for sure they will lose. Russia just beat Spain and if they see Russia in the finals well Russia doesnt exactly have size either so it won’t matter. And yes the 1992 dream team won every game by a bunch of points but back then basketball was new for other countries. Most teams back then didn’t even have a guy who was close to making the NBA. Now teams have a bunch of players who could make it if given the opportunity or r really close to making it or either already been in NBa. My point is talent is a lot better now so u can’t just look at stats. Am I saying this team could beat the dream team no(if they had Dwight,rose, wade, bosh, then yeah most likely) but this team is more complete then the dream team and is a little bit less selfish the. Them.

    • noypi says:

      casper,”almost died” is better than “died” com on they still won the game!!hahaha

  69. USA WILL NOT WIN THE GOLD MEDAL says:

    Dream Team?! PLEASE. USA is NOT DREAM TEAM.

    Lithuania exposed the WEAKNESSES of TEAM USA. They cannot handle size and teams that move the ball around well.

    So let’s see who they STILL have to play.

    They play Argentina on Monday. Argentina will beat them.

    If Argentina doesn’t beat they might have to play Brazil in the quarter-finals. Brazil will beat them.

    If Brazil doesn’t beat them, SPAIN will no doubt beat them in the semi-finals.

    IF BY PURE LUCK they make it to the FINALS, RUSSIA will beat them with their AMAZING guard play and their big man MOZGOV inside!

    YOU’VE BEEN WARNED TEAM USA. NO GOLD FOR YOU THIS YEAR!

    • A-Win-Is-A-Win says:

      Dream On.. :)))

    • noypi says:

      r u dreaming????!!!!get ALL team involved 4 u to beat USA team?

    • Chris1700 says:

      A lot of nonsense posted here, lol! It’s almost like the NBA is a joke :) a fun read….Though I’m disappointed with CP3 in this tournament, I think USA needed some PG with great shooting abilities (billups, curry etc…) they’re numerous in the NBA. We saw 2 years ago how important it was to have big PG who can shoot the ball naturally. CP is great in the NBA but here really a non factor except for good defense and good ballhandling (maybe too much dribbling, same with D-will) ; (and I love CP3). He had many good looks and couldn’t take them. Also there’s not doubt for me that they can win games with a smaller 5, but it would be SO MUCH easier to win with the help of howard (not mentioning bynum), or even Al jefferson on the low post and offensive rebound. Love is improving though which is good for them. Also, why do they’ve picked A. Davis and don’t even use him? I don’t understand…..

  70. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Too bad that Lithuania did not win this game. They were better than USA on all levels, and the incredible amount of turnovers is their downfall. Too bad for them of course they should blame only themselves, but USA must realize that they were outplayed. Just be honest.

    Still, Team USA can build from such a win and be stronger.

  71. Rafael says:

    USA should go with this lineup

    PG Lebron
    SG Kobe
    SF Durant
    PF Anthony
    C Chandler

    LJ needs the ball in his hands to be effective both the get his points and to get others involve.

    They really got a scare today

  72. Lakers-R-Us says:

    Can anybody say KING JAMES! He won this game against Lithuania with his stellar play in the 4th! Go USA!

  73. Travis says:

    Argentina will be a tough game too Manu is too competitive and too proud to let the U.S walk over his fellow country men!

  74. What??? says:

    What??? Dream team 2012 is greater than Dream team 1992??? Dream on!!! Lithuania almost defeats USA :'( Nobody can defeat MJ, Magic Johnson and Bird Dream Team!!! 5pt lead??? hahaha

    • wiz says:

      1992???? its a different kind of time… 2012… international player is much more talented right now, 1992 international player dont have ginobili.. kleiza… deng…huertas… gasol brothers… etc… so give credit to 2012 dream team for hanging on… because today its anybody’s ball game with a lot of talent around the world.

      • Robert says:

        nonsense, the dream team walked over Croatia (twice) in 92
        Croatia had :
        Dražen Petrović
        Toni Kukoč
        Velimir Perasović
        Danko Cvjetičanin
        Dino Rađa
        Vladan Alanović
        Franjo Arapović
        Žan Tabak
        Stojko Vranković
        Alan Gregov
        Arijan Komazec
        Aramis Naglić
        they will take today’s spain team easily.
        you didn’t know them, but they had a lot of talent. they were much better then today’s USA’s rivals.

    • A-Win-Is-A-Win says:

      SMH.. as if the rivals of the ORIGINAL DREAM TEAM on there time were at this kind of level.. the ORIG DREAM TEAM defeated NOT SO GOOD teams.. surely they’ll beat there foes by a large margin.. tsk..

    • Mr. 254 says:

      Did you know Kobe told the press about a year ago, that if played one on one against the self-proclaimed king, that he will beat LBJ? LBJ did not respond! Do you believe its true? ANYONE WHO DOESNT BELIEVE ITS TRUE, THEN YOU SHOULD LEAVE THIS SPORT ALONE ALTOGETHER!!! You have to take KB’s prime against LBJ’s prime. Who is/was better? Today who is better? Some argue LBJ but KB is a better shooter, landslide defensive, and better handling. LBJ has power! His mind see’s the floor quicker and better than KB! Speed he has over KB! What i’m really tryna say is……Evolution is the key here! The peach basket is long gone and not just Americans are better but the whole world has evolutionized. So in return…..2012 and 92 team can not be compared due to evolution! Fact not Fiction!!! “GOTTA EVOLVE! GOTTA EVOLVE! IFFF YOU WANNA REVOLUTION…….!” I think you know the rest ; )

  75. Travis says:

    Lithuania should give this kind of effort for every game! Yea they lost but they played harder this game than they did any other game LBJ is officially the best player in the world!

  76. SiegDelacroix says:

    Great game for Russia, another big win in a clutch time by V. Fridzon again.

    Hopefully, Pau and guys will rebound and fight well in knock-out rounds. That’s a tough loss for them, after 20-2 lead in the first.

  77. Travis says:

    Ball movement is killing the U.S and Lithuania is doing an excellent job even if Lithuania loses this game other teams will use this game as a blueprint to beat the United States. Height is also proving to be a problem for the U.S in this game! Lithuania is playing a great game Toronto got a great kid in Jonas Valancinuas the guy is tough!

  78. Travis says:

    I knew it Lithuania is giving the U.S problems! Argentina and Lithuania will be the most problematic teams for the U.S

  79. olympicfan says:

    i kinda miss the (nearly) play-to-play updates….

  80. Lakers-R-Us says:

    Maybe Pau can get some needed rest now and be ready for the season to start in October!!!!!